Pratt Fine Arts Resident Matt Nolen

It’s a pleasure to be hosting Matt Nolen for an artist residency at the Siena Art Institute in partnership with Pratt Institute.

Since 2018, the Siena Art Institute has collaborated in a residency partnership co-sponsored by Pratt Institute’s School of Design and Pratt Fine Arts, and for June 2022 our Pratt residents are Claire McKinney and ceramicist Matt Nolen.

Matt Nolen is a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY.  Trained as a painter and architect, Nolen’s work includes sculptural objects and architectural installations using clay and mixed media.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections including:  The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC., The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC., The Newark Museum, NJ., The Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX., The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA., and The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.

Nolen’s work has been written about and reviewed in many periodicals and books including:  The New York Times, American Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, Masters of Craft, Confrontational Clay, Postmodern Ceramics and Painted Clay and Sexpots.

Nolen has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Foundation (regional NEA) Fellowship and international residencies in Israel and China.  His residency at the Kohler Co.’s Art/Industry Program resulted in a handmade public washroom that has been named “Best Restroom in America” by the Cintas Corp. and among “The 10 Best Bathrooms in the World” by the Travel Channel.

He has recently served as President of the Board of Trustees for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, is currently serving as Trustee of the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation and Advisor to The Swimming Hole Foundation, NY.  Nolen is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at New York University, Hunter College, and is Ceramics Area Coordinator at Pratt Institute.

Instagram:  @nolenstudios

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